Paris Saint-Germain team-mates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have reportedly fallen out following defeat in the French Cup final.
Neymar allegedly questioned the attitudes of the ‘young people’ at PSG, and the World Cup winner thought the criticism referred to him, according to Sport.
Paris Saint-Germain had just lost on penalties to Rennes in the French Cup final, in which Mbappe had seen red in extra time for a horror tackle on Damien Da Silva.
Real Madrid are paying close attention to the situation at the Parc des Princes amid claims they are keen on signing either Neymar or Mbappe in this summer’s transfer window.
The world-class duo moved to PSG in 2017 for £198million and £166million respectively, but are both seemingly unsettled with Mbappe recently addressing his future after winning the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award.
“This is a very important moment for me, I am arriving at maybe the first or second turning point in my career,” said the Frenchman.
“I have learned so much here, and I feel it’s maybe the time to have more responsibility. Maybe at PSG, that would give me great pleasure, or maybe elsewhere for a new project.”
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has since offered no guarantees that either player will stay.
“As a coach, I do want them to continue, but this is football, we are not naive,” Tuchel told a press conference.
“Many clubs want to transfer many players and the market is crazy, but if you ask me, the coach, yes, I want them here next season. But if they are not, we will find solutions.
“Mbappe has goals, he is very intelligent and maybe he thought it was time to say it, but he is invited, like all PSG players, to assume responsibilities.
“It is not necessary to make a speech to say that. He’s a special guy, he wants to score, score and score, win all the possible titles. We have to accept it, I’m not angry.”
On PSG needing to improve in the Champions League, the German boss added: “It’s always my goal to grow and learn, that’s why I’m here.
“It’s a gift to be a coach, it was important for me to work in another country, it’s a great experience, but it’s just the beginning.
“The last phase of the season was a bit difficult, we made an analysis, the club knows it and now we have to improve.”